Egoistic clashes pop up between Amitabh Bachchan, a drunkard who has spent his paradisiacal life in burial ground sitting beside his graveyard. Then comes Dhanush, an aspiring actor who is speech impaired with paralysed vocal chords. Akshara Haasan, an assistant director brings them together with the aid of a new technological device that lets Dhanush adapt Amitabh Bachchan’s voice and utter it accordingly. Dhanush shoots high to fame and Amitabh gets richer albeit having no intention to leave his native place. They are accordingly happy until a sense of egoistic problems rise resulting in a drift. Sooner, situations bring them together to recreate the magic, but fate has its own plans.
“SHA....MI...TABH, Shamitabh” as we heard these lines in the trailer, it was the mammoth voice of Amitabh Bachchan that takes you so much in excitements. Let’s not drag it and add up unintentional extravagant words as surplus.
It’s simple! Amitabh Bachchan makes us unlearn everything what we are seeing from the present generation of actors. He needn’t be physically present on the screens, but his voice is more than enough to leave a magical impact. Dhanush on the pars has utilised his space and has tried to give his best, something unusual. Any other actor wouldn’t have made it happen as much as him. If we’re bringing out the illustrations or ample evidences of the iconic performances, this space wouldn’t be enough. But the peak of all their astounding performances goes with the climax act, especially Amitabh Bachchan who leaves your eyes drenched in uncontrollable pain.
Ilayaraja gives a heart melting background score with his violins and strings, though the only song that stands out above all is ‘PIGLY’ crooned by Amitabh Bachchan himself. The cinematography by P.C. Sriram brims with richness and splendour.
There are three shots of illustration that proves that Balki is a man of classic touch. 1. The symbolic representation of Scotch bottle on the burial ground before the final credits. 2. The egoistic representation of Dhanush and Shamitabh with their signatures like shAMITABH and Shamitabh. 3. The threatening challenges they pose on each other, finally which turns out to be true.
Overall, Shamitabh belongs to an unique genre of classic elegance. Perhaps, it might not be commercially drawing audiences into theatres, but we would say, it’s a great milestone in the career of Dhanush and thankful to Balki for reinventing the Superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
Verdict: A showpiece that offers melancholic smile
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